United Nations envoy says fifth round of Syrian talks set for March 23

United Nations envoy says fifth round of Syrian talks set for March 23

United Nations envoy says fifth round of Syrian talks set for March 23

The Foreign Ministry noted that the Astana process had been initiated by the country's President Nursultan Nazarbayev.

The next high-level global meeting on Syria will be held on March 14-15 in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, and Russia, Turkey and Iran have confirmed their participation, Kazakh Foreign Ministry announced on Thursday.

De Mistura stressed to Al Arabiya's New York Bureau Chief Talal al-Haj, that the political transition remains a core point on the coming Geneva talks scheduled on March 23, saying reduced violence, as Astana ceasefire appears to hold, will certainly impact the talks.

Within the framework of the Astana Process, launched with the full support and direct participation of the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, there were two rounds of high-level global meetings on Syria on 23rd-24th January and 15th-16th February, 2017, and a meeting of experts was held on 6th February. The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, met with the UN special envoy on Syria, Staffan de Mistura, to discuss preparations for the next round of Syria reconciliation talks between the Damascus government and the armed opposition, the US diplomatic mission said Friday.

Many experts assessed the agreement between Russia, Turkey, and Iran on the establishment of a tripartite mechanism as a step to a political solution which might end the six-year war.

According to Amir Touraj, a research analyst at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, "Soleimani has executed Iranian strategy in Syria since the popular uprisings in 2011". The Russian military involvement follows an official request from President Bashar Assad to President Vladimir Putin.

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